BJP wants to part ways with SAD in Punjab

Wednesday 12th June 2019 06:22 EDT

Buoyed by its recent electoral gains during Lok Sabha poll in Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party unit in the state now wants to contest the next state Assembly elections alone. At a meeting attended by district office bearers of Punjab BJP, the state leadership expressed the desire to contest the elections separately from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and asked all district officers to start preparing for all 117 Assembly seats. As per the current seat-sharing formula, the BJP fields its candidates on three of the 13 parliamentary and 23 of 117 Assembly seats. SAD candidates contest the remaining seats. In the Lok Sabha 2019 election, the BJP won two of the three seats it contested in the state. It bagged Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seats while losing from Amritsar. The state leaders cited Haryana's example, where the BJP contested and won all the 10 seats in the LS poll.

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